July 6, 2009

Hawaii lineman pondering numerous offers

HONOLULU - At the recent All-Poly Camp in Honolulu, HI, the best prospects from across the state of Hawaii and even a few from the mainland competed in a one of a kind event. It seemed the only highly regarded Hawaiian prospects that weren't competing were only missing due to injury. One of those prospects was Waialua, HI offensive tackle Micah Hatchie.

Fortunately for Hatchie, the exposure that the camp provided was not a necessity for him. Already Hatchie has a host of scholarship offers to choose from. Currently he claims offers from Stanford, Hawaii, Arizona, SMU, Washington, Oregon, Cal, Washington State and Colorado. In fact, the three-star two-way standout has options on both sides of the ball.

"Most of them want me as an offensive tackle or guard," Hatchie said. "A couple of schools want me at defensive tackle. I play both ways for my school but I think O-line would be a lot better for me. Schools like my technique, my footwork, my agility, my strength and my speed."

Though Hatchie has had limited opportunities to visit many of those programs on the mainland, he did get to Stanford for a junior day during the spring.

"I went to the Stanford Junior Day and that was a good experience," he said. "It was real nice. The coaches were real good to us and we went to check out their practice that night. That was intense."

Currently, Hatchie has no favorites among his numerous options.

"Right now I'm just open to all options," he said. "Me and my parents and my counselors will narrow it down and figure out with school is the best to go to. I'll check out their surroundings and the team and how they act around each other and just have fun with football."

Hatchie is also in no rush to end the recruiting process. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder is targeting a decision following his senior football season.

Though he was unable to compete in the All-Poly camp and butt heads with the best, at least he has teammate and BYU commitment Graham Rowley to work with. However, his constant battles with Rowley made him all the more anxious for some fresh talent to compete against.

"It's just me and him and a couple of other guys," he said. "We go against each other every day and we're getting used to it but there's no one else to help us get better. I'm frustrated right now. I want to be out there but all the coaches and staff told me to sit out and get ready for the season."





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